Art Young Artists 2020

Gisela McDaniel Makes Work That Helps Healing

Gisela McDaniel. Photo by Megan McIsaac.
Gisela McDaniel. Photo by Megan McIsaac.

“I don't like statistics,” 25-year-old artist Gisela McDaniel offers from her Detroit studio. McDaniel makes opulent oil paintings rendered in thick color that already glow like gems before she ornaments them with women’s jewelry that she collects in thrift stores and recycling centers. Contemplating the fruits from her hauls, she continues, grimly, “but when I think about statistics, and I look at the jewelry that’s sitting in my studio—and I have tables of it—I think a lot of the jewelry was probably worn by survivors of sexual violence.”

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